Roe v. Wade 1973

In Roe v.Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman’s right to abortion falls under the constitutional guarantee of privacy but allowed states to regulate abortion after the first trimester. The Court issued a press release along with its opinion emphasizing that it does not promote “abortion on demand.”

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito opined, “the Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.” The dissent noted that “rescinding an individual right in its entirety and conferring it on the State,” is “an action the Court takes for the first time in history.”